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Lolita by Valdimir Nabokov

Lolita by Nabokov

The first page of Lolita by Nabokov reads like a beautiful love story, which degenerates immediately into ugliness, vileness. I flipped back to the cover to reread the quote from Vanity Fair that “Lolita is the most beautiful love story of our century”. What? Since when did rape become love stories?

A recent IHT article writes this winter’s fashion trend of women discovering their “inner child”. The look is pipe-drain jeans and collared shirts with ruffles for sleeves. It’s that pre-pubescent look that women are striving for. Igor Chapurin opened his fashion show with the word "Lolita." The article goes on to say that there was more depth to this parade than just the wispy, pale blonde Russian models who have been in the firestorm of accusations of anorexia.

"I didn't even realize that I had booked almost entirely Russia models - but Nabokov was Russia and Lolita has grown into a new women who is sensual and strong," said Chapurin backstage.

Igor Chapurin probably likes nymphets himself. He clearly has not read Lolita. What kind of person thinks that raped 12 year olds grow into sensual new women? The movie is a faint resemblance of the novel with a sick twist to cast blame on a 12 year old “seductress”. Yes, young boys and girls create paedophiles.

The book starts out with Humbert at a trial, at his own defense, laying out the reason for his lust for nymphets. Humbert documents well the course of events in the 3 years he raped Dolores Haze. Nabokov cleverly brings the reader into the fold and into Humbert’s obsession with prepubescent girls, including his helplessness, his total surrender to his lust.

So, what is the point of this novel and what is the author trying to say? Nabokov in the afterword writes about a drawing of an ape in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, how the first ape who ever drew, pencilled the cage bars within which it lived in. So, Humbert was depicting the cage of a person who was living within the cage of his own horrors? Did Nabokov experience these sexual urges towards his nymphet students?

I feel no remorse for Humbert. He took advantage of her disadvantage. His paedophilic lust destroyed her for life. In the end, there is nothing left. It’s not basic instinct, not survival instinct. It’s vile.There is nothing to analyze, nothing to understand.

Our next book is Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

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